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Dave Burke posted about cleaning out his closet and finding boxes of floppies. I too am (or was) a huge Borland fan. In fact I started using Paradox 1.1 when ANSA first produced it before Borland acquired it. I'm worse than him though, rather than just keeping the floppies, I have a “special” box with my favorite software of all time - complete with manuals and other off-the-shelf books I bought to learn from.

Going from memory (I'm at work now) I can't seem to part with...

  • Paradox (multiple versions)
  • Quattro Pro
  • Turbo Pascal 6
  • Turbo Pascal for Windows 1.5
  • Borland Object Pascal
  • WordPerfect 5.1
  • XTree Gold
  • MS Dos 5 (what an upgrade!!)

I finally “gave up the ghost” and switched to VB 3, VC++ 1.5 and Microsoft Office when it became obvious that job markets and career-wise I had better switch my skill sets.

I still remember the long commuter bus rides from NH down to Boston every day where I read the Turbo Pascal manuals cover-to-cover several times and poured over program listings I had printed out from samples found on CompuServe. I was a Cobol and RPG procedural coder by day and learning object-oriented development at night in the late '80s.

Posted on Thursday, July 14, 2005 8:13 AM General | Back to top

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